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Not Me Monday – Amazon Reveiws

Hi Everyone!

I’m back from vacation.  Rested, rejuvenated and ready to go.

So tell me – – how did last week go with the substitutes?  Did you like having subs?  Did you not?

This week’s Not Me Monday talks about the Reviews found on Amazon.com.


Of course, this particular review (above) is meant to be funny.  Here’s another example.

I have found the reviews that are written for any product to be really quite helpful.  And helpful not just in the sense of “should I or shouldn’t I buy” this product.  But they are also helpful in offering personal and detailed experience.  Many offer tips and hints on how to use the product better.   (See above).

I also really appreciate the star ratings and the ability to go directly to any level of review.

It is sort of like the Consumer Reports for all the rest of the products.  I recommend reading through at least five reviews and pick a variety of review levels so you get the whole spectrum of a product.

Do you ever use Amazon’s Reviews to help with you purchasing decisions?  Do you use another source?  Please share!

Happy Monday.  It’s so nice to be back.





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Freedom Friday! Name my eBook

Hi Friends and Happy Friday!

I’m not really starting another themed day – although I do hope you like them.  But I would like to enlist your help today  – hey – let’s make it a contest.

A few months ago I completed my first eBook – it is a collection of time-saving tips to help make the daily dinner time rush less hectic and more doable.  I named this book “What’s for Dinner” – which I never really loved.  I have it listed on Amazon for Kindle  but I fear it isn’t getting any recognition because the title probably makes it seem more like a cookbook than a tip book.

So – will you help me name my eBook.

For a limited time you can view the book here –  – – –What’s for dinner

Please take a look at it, read through and send me your thoughts.  I’d love any comments but what I’m really looking for is a new title.

Let’s keep this contest running for one week.  Next Friday I will announce the new title.  The winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!!

I can’t wait to see what ideas you have.

Thanks for your help!


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25 Tips of Christmas – #7 – Shop local, big box or online

Tip #7 – Shop Local, Big Box Stores or Online















My original idea with my 25 Tips of Christmas was to bring you ways to reduce stress during the Holiday Season.  I hope I have given you some ideas to ponder in the last six days and that you’ll continue reading through all 25 tips.

Let me start off today’s post by saying – I love Amazon.com.  I’m a Prime Member, I have the Kindle App on my iPad, I order many things from them throughout the year, I am selling my eBooks on their site.   So there – I said it – I love Amazon.com.

Today, my friend, shared a blog link on her Facebook status about Amazon’s attempt to sway consumers away from shopping local this Saturday by offering people $5 if they scan the bar-code of an item they see in a local store and upload it using their new Price Check App.  If the consumer then goes and buys the item at Amazon instead of the local store, they get $5.

That’s the concept pretty simplified – – Here’s the link to the blog – http://gawker.com/5865612/amazon-launches-christmas-attack-on-local-shops   And here’s a link to a little more information on the topic – http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Amazons-Price-Check-Slams-Retailers-73915.html

Ok – so here is my stance on the topic:  Times are tough and I would hope that most everyone is trying their best to do what is right for their individual conscience and situation.  Truthfully, I really want to buy all organic food and buy all my purchases locally.  But realistically – I can’t afford it!  It’s that simple.  So I pick and choose what works for me, my family’s needs and our budget.  I hate that things are all driven by money – but the truth of the matter is – they are.

But this is where I think Amazon’s actions are tacky.   Hey Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart – – etc. – – we all know who you are and we all know you offer low prices.  Please don’t make us turn on our local businesses and do your investigating for you.  It takes a balance and I truly belive we can all exist in this market.  Speciality, local stores with great customer service – online retailers and large box stores with discounted pricing- I really think we need them all.  Let’s not pin one against the other – please find other ways to let consumers decide.

So I guess my tip for today is – do what is right for you and your situation.  But let it be you that makes the decisions based on your ideals and your individual circumstances.

Thanks for reading!


PS – if you would like to help me in my personal quest to buy organic and local – please invite your friends to follow my blog and help me build my readership so I can sell more eBooks.  =)